Top Tips to Help Your Newborn Sleep Better at Night
The excitement that comes with having a new baby is unimaginable. However, it does require lots of energy and effort to ensure that both you and baby are happy. It isn’t an easy task to care for a newborn’s health and comfort, but a worthy cause to partake. One of the most challenging things that parents have to deal with is to ensure their newborn gets an adequate amount of sleep – for the baby’s health and so that the parents can get some rest too. Without sufficient sleep, babies tend to be restless and grumpy all the time. So, how can you help your newborn sleep better at night, without too much hassle? Read on for some tips!
Bathe the Baby
As a parent, you need to develop a bathing routine for your baby. Experts advise you to bathe your newborn at around 5:00 to 6:00 PM. You can use olive oil to massage the baby, then dress him or her ready for bed. After the bath, breastfeed or bottle-feed your bundle of joy. It isn’t a miracle. Once your baby’s tummy is full, they won’t resist sleep. The main reason babies wake up is that they are hungry and need to feed.
Keep the Room Dark
Switch off the lights where your baby is sleeping. If there’s light in the room, the baby might be overstimulated and won’t sleep as easily. A dark sleeping area helps your baby to relax and sleep better and for longer unless the baby wakes up to feed.
Check the Temperature
Also ensure that the room is the right temperature for your baby to sleep better. Keep the room cool during hot seasons and warm during winter. Experts recommend that the temperature of your nursery/bedroom is between 16-20 degrees.
It can be a challenge figuring out how to dress your baby so that they’re warm enough in the winter and don’t feel cold to ensure they sleep comfortably during the winter. When it’s hot, the challenge is the opposite and you need tp ensure that your baby’s clothes and bedding is light to keep the comfortable and to make sure they don’t overheat. It can be very uncomfortable to sleep in the heat and babies may also develop heat rash or even convulse if their temperatures exceed the normal range. This is why online shops like Love to Dream list appropriate baby clothes for the weather to assure your baby’s safety, comfort, and better sleep.
Swaddling is a technique that reduces Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), according to studies. Swaddling can also help babies to sleep better and make them less likely to wake spontaneously. Some babies startle themselves awake when flinging their arms up. This is called the Moro reflex and is completely normal but it can affect your baby’s sleep. Swaddling can help with this.
Every parent loves to have fun moments with their newborns as they bond but a good night’s sleep for both baby and parents is so important/ A happy and healthy baby who’s getting plenty of sleep equates to a happy home. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
I'm a mum in my early 30s with over 15 years of childcare experience working as a private nanny, babysitter and a few years as a nursery teacher. Now I've got my own family too! I love finding great products for mums and kids.
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